Playing Return A Big Step After ‘Mentally-Tough’ Lay-Off-Van Dijk

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Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool believes that making his first Premier League game since October was a huge step toward putting a “psychologically difficult” 10 months away due to injury behind him. Liverpool beat Norwich 3-0 on the opening day, and the 30-year-old Dutch centre-back played the entire game.

He continued, ” “3-0 may sound comfortable in the end, but we were making it difficult for ourselves at times, particularly near the end. Perhaps it’s tiredness, or perhaps we can do better – we’ll investigate.”

Van Dijk suffered a serious knee injury in a clash with Jordan Pickford during a 2-2 draw with Everton on 17 October last year and admitted he found it difficult having to watch as Liverpool’s title defence faltered.

“Mentally it’s tough,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports. “One day you’re fully fit, the next you’re full of medication and in pain.

“Everyone has their opinion [on what happened] and you read those things because you have nothing to do! We had more injuries in key positions so couldn’t play our game, the way we want to play, with high pressure.

Source: BBC Sport

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